Title: Lola Carlyle’s 12 Step Romance
Author: Danielle Younge-Ullman
Published: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 304 pages
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend, Sydney, calls to rave about her stay at a posh Malibu rehab and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, she knows what she has to do.Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.
Lola arrives at Sunrise Rehab intent solely on finding Wade, saving him from himself, and—naturally—making him fall in love with her…only to discover she’s actually expected to be an addict. And get treatment. And talk about her issues with her parents, and with herself. Plus she has insane roommates, and an irritatingly attractive mentor, Adam, who’s determined to thwart her at every turn.
Oh, and Sydney? She’s gone.
Turns out, once her pride, her defenses, and her best friend are stripped away, Lola realizes she’s actually got a lot to overcome…if she can open her heart long enough to let it happen.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Lola Carlyle’s 12 Step Romance when I first read the blurb, mainly because I’ve never really thought of myself as a reader of Romance. However, I’m glad I picked it up, because it turned out to be a really fun read.
Lola is heading to rehab, even though she’s not addicted to anything, in the hopes of ‘saving’ her long-term crush, Wade Miller, so they can fall madly in love. At least, that was the plan, but when do things ever go according to plan?
I really liked the idea behind this story, and although it could have gone horribly wrong – making light of addicts and addiction – I think it did well to show the serious side of addictions and how important rehab clinics actually are to addicts.
I had a tough time liking Lola to begin with – her child of celebrities attitude was annoying at times – but by the end of the story, I had really warmed to her. You can see that even though she wasn’t an addict, the rehab centre still helped her to find herself and release some issues that she was harbouring.
The roommates were great – they showed the pitfalls of addiction, but kept things light with their personalities (unsociable or over-enthusiastic, depending on which roommate). It was great to see the relationships between Lola and the roommates evolve.
The romances were actually a big part of why I liked this book. Wade Miller is your typical A-List star who started small and made it big and now he has the ego to go with it. He’s not the same boy that Lola remembers, but that doesn’t stop her from taking her shot. Adam is her super serious mentor, who is actually a big softie. I loved Adam, I thought he was really sweet and adorable.
Overall, this is a great, light-hearted romance read, perfect for the summer.
About the Author
Danielle Younge-Ullman is a novelist, playwright and freelance writer who has always had a passion for books, language and storytelling. Danielle attained her BA in English and Drama from McGill University in Montreal, then returned to her hometown of Toronto to work as professional actor for ten years. Danielle still lives in Toronto with her husband, two daughters, and their dog, Finny.
You can find out more about Danielle at her website.